It was quite amazing to see the evolution of Soap. He’s a captain now and needless to say, you can see where Captain Price rubbed off on him. Much like price, he has about of that rough, grim humor with the driven force of needing to get the job done regardless of what needs to be done. (Oh we need to catch this guy? Let me tackle him out a second story window!)
I loved seeing the return of Captain Price… You could see where the years in the prison wore on him as his once sarcastic attitude has become a bit more bitter and even more grim, yet he still holds his “**** it, I’ll do it my way” attitude. (I literally yelled, “Oh ****!” when he disconnected the transmission between him and Shepherd and said, “Well, it looks like we lost connection.”
Seeing the two of them together, and with Soap being an actual character, was amazing. It’s a good example of the mentor-student idea. As soon as Soap rejoined with Price, we saw him step down from power due to the respect he has towards Price based on his experience and leadership skills. You could also see that level of care between them; it’s a friendship mixed with a bit of almost-fatherlike hints to it. They look out for each others’ backs and are right there to fight it off together.
Soap easily could have stepped away from getting involved with Price’s plans, but instead, he choose to stand by his superior’s decision. Even at the risk and cost of his life. At the end of the game, I was amazed and speechless. Price could have just let Shepherd shoot Soap right then and there before killing Shepherd himself, but no, instead he tackles him to the ground and fist fights in order to save Soap. Soap then returns the favor by using the last bit of strength he had, and at the risk of bleeding to death, to pull the knife out in order to save Price.
It was quite a touching moment to see Price bandage Soap up and begin to drag him towards the helicopter. He doesn’t tell Nikolai that they need to get out of there; he says they need to get Soap out of there.
I ****ing loved it all and would love to see more games handle characters in such a way.